One of the biggest health concerns facing Americans today might surprise you. It\u2019s not cancer or heart disease or obesity. It\u2019s sleep deprivation. As a Chief Information Officer (CIO) myself, I can\u2019t say I\u2019m surprised. I\u2019ve had plenty of restless nights.\n\n\nA new TV documentary on the National Geographic Channel called \u201cSleepless In America\u201d explores the sleep crisis facing our country, pointing out that inadequate rest is not only bad for your physical and mental health, it could even have fatal consequences. Sleeplessness isn\u2019t discriminatory \u2013 it affects truck drivers, students, soldiers, new parents, and corporate executives \u2013 virtually everyone.\n\n\nI\u2019ll venture to guess that the main reason for lack of sleep among Chief Information Officers is anxiety about security and downtime. As a CIO myself, I know that security concerns and disaster resilience have certainly caused me a few restless nights. Being in the life-saving business \u2013 I\u2019m the CIO of LifeShare Blood Centers in Shreveport, Louisiana \u2013 if we experience downtime for even a few hours, it disrupts our ability to collect the data needed to gather and distribute a critical, life-saving blood supply. Sungard Availability Services, out disaster resiliency partner, recently commissioned a survey* of 276 IT professionals and found that security, downtime, and talent management are indeed the issues that weigh most heavily on CIOs\u2019 minds. More than half of survey respondents (51%) believe security planning should be the last item to receive budget cuts in 2015. The good news? Disaster recovery testing dramatically reduces downtime (by 75%) for enterprises deemed \u201cbest-in-class\u201d in disaster recovery and business continuity. That might help you rest a little easier. I can see why security is at the top of the list. LifeShare Blood Centers houses private information from donors, and it\u2019s vital to our nonprofit that we keep their information protected and out of hackers\u2019 hands. Following security, disaster recovery emerges as a top concern. Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc for our company and blood supply. Having a DR plan is an important element to any business continuity strategy, but it is not always top-of-mind. Finally, the survey found that the third highest reason for sleeplessness among CIOs is talent acquisition. It\u2019s important to shore up your internal team, providing them with extra resources where possible. Fortunately, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the job outlook for IT managers is expected to grow faster than average (15%) between 2012 and 2022. Clearly, today\u2019s CIOs are concerned with the resiliency of their organizations and the consequences a disaster can have on an organization\u2019s reputation and revenue stream \u2013 which is a good thing. With proper planning and preparation, CIOs and IT professionals can stay ahead of the game and ultimately get a proper night\u2019s rest.\n\n\n*The survey, commissioned by Sungard Availability Services, was conducted by SurveyMonkey Audience. The survey reached 276 IT professionals and was completed in December 2014.\n\n\nThis article was previously posted on Sungard Availability Services.